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1. Posted by funkytwig (Budding Member 15 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I am British and have a tripped book to go walking in Spain (North Comino). Looking at entry requirements (requirements to return) and think I have got my head around it but am a little confused at what covid tests I need and where to get them from.

In terms of leaving the UK/entry into Spain as I am fully vaccinated, it looks like all I need is the NHS App to show I am fully vaccinated, I do not need to take a test. I think this is correct?

Returning seems a little more complex. I think I need to take a test 3 days before I leave. Do we need to do this in a drop-in centre in Spain? The problem is we will be in the middle of nohere 3 days before we leave. Not sure what to do.

Then we need one 2 days after we return. government website seems to indicate this is all we need. Spain Is Amber. When I go to websites to book the test they seem to be indicting Amber requires a 2 and 8-day test, but government seem to indicate only a 2 day one.

All advice is much appreciated.
Ben

2. Posted by funkytwig (Budding Member 15 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

OK so government and Easyjet say I only need today 2 tests when I return and a lateral flow test 3 days before I travel (but not the government supplied one according to the government). Go figre!

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6371 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Always use the official websites.

The Spanish entry requirements for UK citizens are clearly set out here:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements

Spain is presently on the UK amber list (it can, of course, change to red or green at any point). The rules for entering the UK from Spain are clearly set out here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england#amber-list-rules

If you are fully-vaccinated you need a negative test within 3 days of your departure (a PCR test is advised from Spain), a completed passenger locator form and a pre-booked & paid for test on day 2 after arrival in the UK.

>(but not the government supplied one according to the government).

The NHS PCR testing service is onlyfor people who may have Covid, not for people who choose to travel. Tests for travel must be privately provided and paid for. Although it's pretty obvious that UK private tests are extortionately priced it seems to me absolutely right that the NHS should not be expected to fund PCR tests for travel puposes.

4. Posted by frangiepani (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi there -

I too am hoping to spend five days walking part of the North Camino in September. I've got my head around the Covid requirements: no test required before going if you can show proof of a double vaccination; lateral flow before returning to the UK (this is all that is needed - the PCR test is 'recommended' but not mandatory); day 2 test on return.

However, I have two questions: how easy will it be to get a lateral flow test if I am en route on the Camino (I will be in Markina I think)? And - if my plans all fall into place - I will be flying out to Greece to visit my father three days after I get back from Spain. Is this allowed or do I have to wait for the results of my day 2 test (I don't think you get the results unless they are positive)?

I've looked on all the official sites and can't find anything saying I can't do this, but don't want to book all my flights, etc and then find out I've messed up.

Thank you.

5. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6371 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

>how easy will it be to get a lateral flow test if I am en route on the Camino

Check your airline's website. Some have partnered up with providers in destinations they serve. Also check what testing provision your departure airport has.

>Is this allowed or do I have to wait for the results of my day 2 test (I don't think you get the results unless they are positive)?

I'd expect to get the results whether negative or positive. That's part of what you're paying for. Check your test provider's website.

You won't find any specific info on the official sites because, frankly, the number of people who'll arrive in the UK and then want to fly out again almost immediately is pretty tiny.

Greek entry requirements: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements

As long as you book a flight less than 3 days after your day 2 test you *should* be ok to use that result to fly out to Greece if it will provide you with either online or hard copy proof...preferably both. If it doesn't you'll need to get but remember a) it's possible that you will test positive and thus have to self-isolate and b) test providers don't always get results back within the time limit they give.

Personally I'd prefer to book my Greek flight for a week or so after arriving back in the UK...and even then I'd want to be sure I could change the dates for free just in case I had to self-isolate on my return from Spain.

6. Posted by frangiepani (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

A friend of mine returned to the UK from Greece on the 24th August and did the day 2 test and hasn't received any results (we just presumed it was because the result was negative).

My flight to Greece is already booked and other factors are influencing the dates I can travel to Spain, hence the tight deadlines. As far as I can tell, entry to Greece only needs proof of vaccinations but, as you say, there probably hasn't been much thought put into people travelling around in quick succession like this.

Perhaps I'm being over ambitious (but I was so excited to go)? :(

7. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 6371 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

>24th August and did the day 2 test and hasn't received any results (we just presumed it was because the result was negative).

As we haven't got to 24th August I assume you mean 4th August or 24th July? The lack of result is the test provider at fault. Imo, your friend should have chased them up, not least because if you receive no result you simply cannot assume that the test was negative. Risking infecting others is unacceptable imo.

We're all 'excited' to travel but it's just not straightforward at the moment. At least you have the option of seeing your father: many of us (including me) have little or no hope of seeing loved ones abroad in the forseeable future.

It's a pity you booked your flight before you asked the question. Imo a simpler solution would have been to book a flight from Spain to Greece rather than return to the UK and hope everything goes to plan in a very tight turnaround. Unfortunately, being fully-vaccinated doesn't mean you can't test positive. As well as the possibility that your day 2 test is positive you could also test positive when you're leaving Spain (wehich would mean you have to quarantine in Spain).

I'd strongly advise you to take your proof of vaccination in hard copy format (downloadable fromn the NHS website) as well as on your phone. Phones can and do go wrong........

[ Edit: Edited on 11 Aug 2021, 17:55 GMT by leics2 ]

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